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    Chocolate Caramel Cake

    Strawberry Shortcake made this delicious dessert for her co-op baking contest, and I wanted to share the recipe with you! It’s super moist and yummy, and easy to make. Like the title says it includes chocolate and caramel and you can’t go wrong with that! This recipe is great for kids too since … [Read More...]

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    DIY: Pumpkin Pie Soap Tutorial

    Hello readers! Since we’re well into fall I thought it would be fun to share this simple and easy DIY pumpkin pie soap tutorial. This stuff smells so yummy, and it literally takes about 10 minutes to prepare!     So let’s get on with the video shall we? Click here for the Pumpkin Pie … [Read More...]

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    Teeny Tot Tuesday: Kindergarten!

    I know, I know, she’s not exactly a Teeny Tot anymore! And she’s been begging me to change her blog name for awhile now, but she’s come up with some seriously crazy names and I just don’t want to commit to those yet, so for now… It’s time for another Teeny Tot Tuesday post! Except that she’s not … [Read More...]

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    2015 Blog Planner–FREE!

    Good morning fellow bloggers!  If you’re looking for a colorful, and complete blog planner, look no further. It’s that time of year again… and the new 2015 Blog Planner has arrived! YAY! And it’s FREE! Double YAY! And also, what the heck? Where did 2014 go? Has anyone seen it? I must’ve … [Read More...]

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    The Perfect Advent Calendar Giveaway

    Good morning everyone! It's time to start thinking about the holidays, and today I have a great giveaway for you from The Perfect Advent Calendar! I love doing advent calendar activities, and frankly this year I was excited to receive one that was basically already done for me! All you have … [Read More...]

NOV
04
2014

2015 Calendar Page Templates

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I don’t know about you all, but I like to get my Christmas gifts going early so I’m not feeling rushed in December. Enter my calendar page templates! Each year each year I make printable calendars for our family as Christmas gifts. And of course, I share them with you all in the event you’re looking for something easy, fun, and cute for your family as well!     What’s included? 8×8 – 12 Monthly Quick Pages in .png format and .jpg formats (January – December) (Can be re-sized to 12×12) All files are 300dpi .png & .jpg images. NOTE: You will need a software program that can open .png or .jpg files to edit these templates. Or you can just print the .jpg files and then add your photos to them using archival safe glue strips. Click below to download: (Sorry the files are large, so I split them into smaller downloads) 2015 Calendar Kit PNG 1 2015 Calendar Kit PNG 2 2015 Calendar kit JPG Options: 1. Using your favorite editing software, all … [Read more...]

NOV
03
2014

November Holidays & Fun Days 2014

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  Good morning readers! It’s almost November. Did you hear me? I said N.O.V.E.M.B.E.R! Okay, despite the fact that I have no clue what happened to 2014, I will say that November is one of my favorite months of the year and here are the top 3 reasons why: It’s my birthday month. And yes, we celebrate all month, why not right? It’s also the Teeny Tot’s birthday Nov. 20th, and my husband’s birthday Nov. 25th. They get one day to celebrate since I've taken over the rest. It’s the month before Christmas which means I can be festive without people thinking I’m too weird. It’s Thanksgiving, and we get together with family and friends! Okay, so that said, you’re probably wondering what else is going on in November besides Erica’s birthday? Right? I know, it’s mostly all about my birthday, but still I feel the need to share a few other random things going on this month. So let’s get on with it! Here are the November holidays and fun days for all of you awesome … [Read more...]

NOV
02
2014

Election Day Worksheets for Kids

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Hi everyone! If you live in the United States, TOMORROW is Election Day! Even though it isn’t a Presidential election year, I thought I’d make some fun activities for you to do with your kids to include them in the voting process. I thought it would be fun to have my kiddos learn a bit about our election process by registering to vote, as well as filling out a mock ballot. I’ve also included election day vocabulary, word search worksheets, and “I voted!” stickers to help you get your kids in the voting mood too!   --> Download the Election Day Worksheets here! <--   Election Day: Election Day in the United States of America is always the Tuesday following the first Monday in November. It is the day when voters across the nation gather to elect public officials, and cast their vote on ballot issues. Presidential elections are held every four years, where voters elect the President and Vice President. Both the President and Vice President serve four year terms, … [Read more...]

OCT
29
2014

November 2014 Monthly Meal Plan

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Good morning readers! I hope you’re having a beautiful fall day like we are today! I love the cool air, and am excited to be in a comfy sweater, my favorite jeans, and flip-flops. Yes, I said flip-flops. For those of you who don’t know, in Colorado, we like to wear flip-flops unless it’s snowing. Literally. And with the coming of a new month, it’s time for another monthly meal plan for you all! I actually veered from my plan the last few months but I’m getting back on track this month since we’ve been eating what seems like the same thing over and over due to lack of creativity on my part! A little planning can do a lot for the budget, and help keep people from whining about my meals. So here we go!   Download the 2014 November Monthly Meal Plan: 2014 November Monthly Meal Plan PDF 2014 November Monthly Meal Plan Word Doc (Editable)   If you haven’t already used this before, you can click on any of the underlined menu items to get to the … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2014

DIY Bandana Quilt Tutorial

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Looking for a fun DIY project for your kids this fall? Look no further, this DIY bandana quilt is perfect for your young crafter. These were super easy to make and I loved the way they turned out! I will say that Strawberry Shortcake (11) was able to do pretty much everything on her own. I helped Tinker Bell (8), though she did most of her own sewing. And then I sat with the Teeny Tot on my lap and helped her sew everything. So I would say it is a great DIY project for kiddos 8 and up. Ready to get your craft on? Let’s get started! Supplies: 4 bandanas or 4 pieces of fabric approx. 20”x20”  (You can get bandanas for $1 at Walmart or the Dollar Store) 1 1/2 yds. of fabric for back side (We picked a pattern, but you can do whatever you like.) 1 1/2 yds. batting (We used the thinnest one we could find, see picture below. And I prefer the natural material to the synthetic.) Coordinating Thread Scissors Coordinating Embroidery floss (We just used some from … [Read more...]

OCT
28
2014

Homeschooling 101: Switching to Homeschool Mid-Year

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching from a public or charter school situation to homeschooling mid-year.   One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how to go about switching from public school to homeschool mid-year. It’s more common than you think to pull students out mid-year and begin the homeschooling journey. And there are several factors that can contribute to your need to switch your schooling choice. Whatever they are, just know that you’re doing the best for your child and it may or not be a challenging switch. But if it benefits your family, then it will be worth it in the long run. As a homeschooler you have the flexibility to start at any time of the year. Most families choose to switch from public to homeschool at the semester break, but you can really make the change anytime you feel it is necessary for your family. Here are a few tips for making the switch to help you … [Read more...]

OCT
26
2014

Highlights Which Way USA

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Hi everyone! I have an fun giveaway for you today! The folks from Highlights Which Way USA came upon my Road Trip USA curriculum and thought it would be a great fit to use their Which Way USA Magazines to go with it. And guess what? I told them that I already used the magazines during our own Road Trip USA journey and we loved them! AND I would love to giveaway some to one of my readers!   What is Which Way USA? Which Way USA is a U.S. geography book club for kids! The magazines sent out are a great way to learn about all 50 states! They include a colorful fold out map, a fact sheet on the opposite side. They also come with a full color magazine that has a lot of games, activities, state facts, and collectible state license plate key tags too! And you can get state stamps as well! The Introduction Set is $6.95 + shipping and handling for two state books, accompanying state maps, Official Game Guide, collectible license plate key tags, and access to online … [Read more...]

OCT
22
2014

Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili Recipe

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Hello readers! Oh my goodness, you have to try this amazing slow-cooker white chicken chili recipe! Okay, that sounded kind of bossy. But seriously, it’s so delicious and since it’s a slow-cooker recipe, you just toss everything together in the morning and let it cook until you’re ready for dinner! And this homeschooling mama loves anything that can help reduce dinner time chaos! I did want to mention that I’m not that creative, so this recipe was modified from the original Taste of Home recipe to fit the likes of our family. I was introduced to it by my sister-in-law who made it at a family gathering, and we all loved it! Which is rare for a family of 6. There’s usually at least one person who doesn’t like my cooking on any given day. Anyway, ready to get started? Ingredients: 1 lg can white chunk chicken (or 2 cups cubed cooked chicken breasts) 1 jar Alfredo sauce (I used Emeril’s) 2 15 oz. cans white Northern Beans, drained and rinsed 2 cups chicken … [Read more...]

OCT
21
2014

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

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It's that time of the year again...time for roasted pumpkin seeds! And really who doesn’t love pumpkin seeds? Here’s a great roasted pumpkin seed that’s so easy your kiddos can do it themselves!   Step 1: Head to the pumpkin patch and pick out some sweet pumpkins! Next seed your pumpkin. I usually cut off the top of the pumpkin, then we use a spoon to scoop out all of the gooey insides.   Step 2: Find a willing participant to pick out all of the seeds from the orange stringy pulp.   Then finish cleaning them off by rinsing them in a colander under cold water. Shake them dry just to remove the excess water.   Step 3: Preheat your oven to 300 °F. Spread seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet and roast them for 30 minutes to finish drying the seeds out.     Step 4: Toss seeds lightly in olive oil and salt, then bake them for another 20 minutes or until they’re golden and … [Read more...]

OCT
20
2014

Homeschooling 101: Switching Curriculum Mid-Year

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Hi everyone! I’m back today with another Homeschooling 101 post.  Today we’re talking about switching curriculum mid-year.   Occasionally it happens that we find ourselves needing to switch one of our curriculum choices mid-year. For me it was about three months into our 3rd year of homeschooling when I realized that our math curriculum was not working. So what do you do? Especially when you’ve spent more than you wanted on something only to find it isn’t a good fit? Well, you switch to something else. Freedom is one of the many gifts that come with homeschooling. We are free to choose curriculum that best fits the needs of our family. Sometimes things can seem like a great choice. But then when put into action they just don’t work like you had hoped. And despite all of our careful research in choosing curriculum, we can choose things that don’t work for us. Don’t feel bad about switching mid-year. We have all had things we’ve needed to change during our year to … [Read more...]